The 2013 Stormy Petrels start their first year in the SAA full of confidence after a strong preseason and early season indoor success. "We have a veteran but young team, which has experienced a taste of winning and they are eager to go the next level," states head coach Jan Spiro.
The 2013 squad is lead by senior captain Sherry Blystone, a multiple scorer at the conference meet in the long jump, javelin and two relay teams. Sherry has led her team to school records in every major relay event over her great career. She is joined by 2012 Oglethorpe Female Athlete of the Year, Katy Galli. Galli, just a sophomore, already holds an amazing 12 school records, including relays. Katy has her sights set on national honors, along with veteran sprinter Ky'Laine Rogers, also a multiple school record holder. They are joined by newcomers Aisha Atwater, Amaya Ford, Dia Parker, Shanice Lover and Marie Blystone. These sprinters, along with returning record-holder Kyana Jenkins, form a nucleus of sprinting and jumping, which will attempt to move the Petrels one step higher than their second-place finish in last year's major relay events.
The women throwers are a mix of successful veterans and talented newcomers. All-around athlete McKenna Bondarenko had a brilliant conference meet and scored in the javelin. She will now attempt to add the discus to her repertoire. Freshmen Bonny Wagener and Ellen Jakobsen have vast potential, while junior Carrisa Thomas and senior Mareva Bone bring their terrific athletic talent to the mix.
As always, the 2013 schedule will provide a stiff test with visits to Furman and Savannah State added to an already challenging slate.
"Captains Blystone and Galli are among the best leaders we have ever had at Oglethorpe," states Coach Spiro. "Their leadership along with this team's talent has the makings of one of the greatest seasons in the history of the women's program. Now we just have to do it."